Laura and Stepfanie's rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
I don't remember reading this book in school, so I decided to give it a try. Lois Lowry is an incredible story teller. Even though it was a relatively short story, I didn't feel like there was anything missing.
The story is told in such a way that you don't realize how different that world is until it is mentioned. I got to the part about (something I'm not going to mention because it would ruin it when you came to that part of the book; but it's totally awesome!) and it felt like a bomb had been dropped because I had no idea. Terrific writing!
If you haven't read this I suggest you do!
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